‘Tis the season for gingerbread houses! While the candy-laden creations we make with our own kids are what we’d call “shabby chic” at best, some folks take it to the next level. We’ve gathered up a village of gingerbread houses that will even put Martha to shame. Keep reading to see each one in all their sugary goodness.
Apple Gingerbread House
We’re obsessed with this adorable rendition of an apple farm. A few of our favorite creative touches: popcorn balls form the trees, the windows are made out of pretzels, and the apples that stud the scene are really cinnamon candies.
A Retro Gingerbread Camper
We're totally crushing on this creation by Sugar & Cloth, complete with rice krispy Christmas tree on top of the sweet retro camper. There are even step-by-step instructions if you’re feeling brave enough to attempt it yourself.
There’s No Place Like This Gingerbread House
Island Hotel Newport Beach unveiled their jaw-dropping take on The Wizard of Oz this holiday season, made with 400 pounds of gingerbread dough, 300 pounds of fondant and 100 pounds of chocolate. If you’re in the area, you can drop by to see all the sugary goodness and make a donation to Toys for Tots.
Big Cedar Lodge Gingerbread Village
The Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri has unveiled this crazy intricate gingerbread village. Made out of 75 pounds of powdered sugar, 40 pounds of rolled fondant and plenty of other ingredients, it’s the stuff sweet dreams are made of.
Haunted Gingerbread House
Two of our favorite holidays collide in this spooky house from Cookie Connection. A candy-lined path leads up to a sweet mansion that’s crawling with ivy—would you dare to step inside?
The White House gingerbread house is a tradition that’s been going on since the Carter administration. We think the 2015 house was pretty awesome—check out the cute carolers and other visitors on the front lawn.
How cute is this farm setup from My Name Is Yeh? Complete with matcha trees, heart-shaped jolly rancher windows, and gingerbread ponies, it’s a farm you can really sink your teeth into. See more photos by clicking here.
The Benson Hotel's Castle Dubendorf
Every year the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon creates a new jaw-dropping gingerbread house. Here’s a recent masterpiece, complete with 150 pounds of gingerbread.
This drool-worthy creation was displayed at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. The rotating 12-foot-tall castle features brilliantly colored ornaments, elaborate gift boxes, and even a train.
King Kong in the City
King Kong has made himself at home in New York—Santa hat and all—on this amazing gingerbread creation by Cake Alchemy.
Boardwalk Concession Stand
Disney doesn’t do anything halfway—including this life-size replica of a Jersey Shore Boardwalk concession stand at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, which has a grand-total 674 gingerbread shingles. We’ve only got one question: how do you keep the kiddos from nibbling on it as they walk by?
Omni Grove Park Inn Contest
Every year, the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina holds a contest to put creative chefs to the test. Here's one of our favorite recent entrants, with a fantastic take on a Christmas parade.
Victorian Gingerbread House
Home sweet home—literally. Check out this picture-perfect Victorian-style gingerbread house, complete with pastel shingles and a couple of Christmas trees out front.
Cookie Monster Takes New York
Cookie Monster is ready to take a bite out of NYC! This one was put together by Silk Cakes for Le Parker Meridien New York’s Gingerbread Creation Extravaganza.
The Three Little Pigs, Gingerbread Style
Here’s another winner from the Omni Grove Park Inn’s annual contest—this Three Little Pigs-inspired creation won second place in this year’s kids competition. If you’re near Asheville, NC, this holiday season, you can see all the entries until January 4.
Frozen Gingerbread Ice Castle
Frozen fans will appreciate this awesome gingerbread ice castle that popped up at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Florida. Anna, Elsa and rest of the gang are all ready to wave hello.
Valentine Gingerbread House
Here’s a cute idea—combine a couple of holidays for an extra special gingerbread house. This creation is super sweet down to the last detail, from the heart-shaped roof tiles to the glittery snowman in the front yard.
Hop Aboard a Gingerbread Train
Every year the Sheraton Seattle hosts a Gingerbread Village, and we love this creation from last year’s event. Train-loving kiddos would definitely appreciate the candy-filled train making its way through the tunnels and trees.
Charlie Brown Gingerbread House
We love seeing our all-time favorite cartoon characters transformed into gingerbread, and this adorable display, complete with a mini Christmas tree and lights adorning Snoopy’s doghouse, is no exception.
Grand Central Station
Every year, the Seattle Sheraton creates a Gingerbread Village in support of local charities. We love this piece from 2011, which features a replica of Grand Central Station complete with little minions running around the building.
Land of Misfit Toys
This cute gingerbread house combines an iconic building at the National Institutes of Health with everyone’s favorite reindeer and all of his friends. Watch out for the Abominable Snowman in the background!
Up Gingerbread House
This clever house looks just like the one featured in Pixar’s hit movie Up. From the “grass” made out of toasted coconut to the rice paper curtains, this house makes every detail count.
Which one of the above gingerbread creations is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below.
— Susie Foresman